Four Black Scholars Appointed to New Posts in Academia

Gbemende Johnson, an associate professor of government at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, was awarded tenure. Dr. Johnson’s research explores the litigation of executive privilege in the federal courts. She joined the faculty at the college in 2012.

Dr. Johnson is a summa cum laude graduate of Georgia State University, where she majored in political science. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dwight Radcliff Jr. was appointed assistant professor of mission, theology, and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He will also serve as director of the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies. He currently serves as senior pastor of The Message Center in Gardena, California.

Dr. Radcliff holds a master of divinity degree and a Ph.D. from the Fuller Theological Seminary.

Raymond E. Samuel is the director of the Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s Aging and Community Health at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. Dr. Samuel most recently served as project director of the Hampton University-based Minority Men’s Health Initiative.

Dr. Samuel is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he majored in chemical engineering. He holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics and a medical doctorate, all from Yeshiva University in New York.

Martha Dawson, an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham was elected to serve a two-year term as president of the National Black Nurses Association.

Dr. Dawson holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing and health services management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She earned a doctor of nursing practice degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.


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